Customized Program Itinerary

Itinerary

Monday March 6 OKLAHOMA CITY DEPARTURE

Morning departure on a United Airlines flight to Tel Aviv, connecting in Newark.

Tuesday March 7 TEL AVIV/TIBERIAS Arrival

Upon arrival in Tel Aviv, meet your Christian Tour Manager who will accompany the group throughout Israel. Transfer by deluxe, private motorcoach to Tiberias for hotel check-in at the SCOTS HOTEL, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, for a welcome group dinner and a night of rest. (D)

Wednesday March 8 TIBERIAS (Nazareth)

Drive into the Galilean hills this morning to Nazareth with en route stops to see Caesarea National Park, Mt. Carmel, (communion) and Cana, where Jesus performed his first miracle at the wedding in Cana, (renew wedding vows). Continue on to experience 1st century Nazareth and see the excavations at St. Joseph’s Basilica. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Thursday March 9 TIBERIAS (Galilee)

Today enjoy exploring Capernaum, home of the apostles Peter, Andrew, James and John. Then travel on to Tabgha, St. Peter’s Primacy, the site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount. This evening, meet with nursing students and the General Director from Nazareth Hospital to learn of the health ministry in the West Bank, as arranged by program director. Dinner provided at the hotel. (B,D)

Friday March 10 TIBERIAS (Nof Ginosar)

Further discover the Galilee area beginning with a tour of Mar Elias Elementary School, where teachers and students of all faiths work, play and learn in peace. Meet with the founder, three time Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Archbishop (RET) Elias Chacour, (pending), and worship in the first Christian church built in Israel in over 50 years. Continue on to Nof Ginosar for a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee with communion services at Peniel by the Galilee. Dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Saturday March 11 TIBERIAS/JERUSALEM

Today journey to Jerusalem via the ancient site of Megiddo, where archeologists discovered the remains of perhaps the oldest church in the Holy Land and take in a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley. See Mt. Tabor, the site of the transfiguration of Jesus and the Jordan River for renewal of your baptismal vows. Also visit Beit She’an, a Roman and early Byzantine city uncovered in the 20th century, and Jericho, believed to be one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world. Stop at the Mt. of Olives overlooking the city of Jerusalem for a memorable panoramic introduction of the city before walking the ancient Palm Sunday Road to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Chapel of Ascension. Check in at the OLIVE TREE HOTEL. Group dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Sunday March 12 JERUSALEM (Bethlehem/Emmaus)

Depart this morning for St. Andrew’s Scots Presbyterian Memorial Church for worship service co-lead by the Kirbas’s, (pending). The church was constructed as a memorial to Scottish soldiers who died there in World War I. The church looks across the valley to the golden walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, built beside ancient tombs on the original road to Bethlehem. Following service, depart for Bethlehem. Experience Shepherd’s Field and the Church of the Nativity, built over the traditional site of Jesus birth. Also visit a wood carver business and Christmas Church. Group lunch arranged at the Christmas Church. Vespers service at Emmaus, followed by a group dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Monday March 13 JERUSALEM (Ein Karem)

After a morning at leisure for independent exploration, depart for the village of Ein Kerem, birthplace of John the Baptist. Visit the Church of Visitation, Mt. Zion and the Garden Tomb. Group dinner this evening at the hotel in Jerusalem. (B,D)

Tuesday March 14 JERUSALEM

Full day exploration of Jerusalem’s Old City beginning with an early morning walking tour through the gates of the Old City on the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion, to Golgotha, the traditional site of the crucifixion and burial, and to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Return to hotel for breakfast. Continue late morning to view the Western Wall and the Temple Mount upon which the Dome of the Rock and Al Aksa Mosque are located. Also visit the Church of St. Anne, Pool of Bethesda, Caiaphas House, and Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Evening meeting with a local Israeli organization on Peace and Justice, followed by dinner at the hotel. (B,D)

Wednesday March 15 JERUSALEM (Dead Sea)

Full day excursion to the Dead Sea area today. In just over an hour, descend from 3,000 feet above sea level to 1,200 feet below, the lowest place on earth. View the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Ride the cable car to the top of Masada where Herod built a palace and the Jewish Zealots resisted the Romans. Try a float in the Dead Sea at En Gedi Spa before returning to Jerusalem for a group dinner at the hotel followed by a late evening tour of the Western Wall Tunnel. (B,D)

Thursday March 16 JERUSALEM/PETRA

Leave Jerusalem traveling into the Jordan River Valley. Arrive into Jordan at the Allenby Bridge crossing and meet your Jordanian Tour Manager, who will accompany the group throughout Jordan. Continue to Madaba, the “City of Mosaics”, and visit Mount Nebo, where Moses was given a view of the Promised Land and Karak Castle, built in 1142 as a crusader fortification defending the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Madaba. Continue on to Petra to the MOVENPICK RESORT PETRA for check-in and evening dinner at the hotel. (B,L,D)

Friday March 17 PETRA

Discover Petra with a half day walking tour, a vast Nabataean city carved into the sheer redrock 2,000 years ago. Enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked by high cliffs to the treasury. Walk among hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with intricate carvings, a Romanstyle theatre, obelisks, temples and colonnaded streets. Midafternoon depart to Amman for a traditional Arabic dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner, transfer to the Queen Alia International Airport for a late night flight. (B,D)

Saturday March 18 AMMAN DEPARTURE

Late night flight on Lufthansa Airlines to Frankfurt with connecting service on United Airlines flight from

 

Included meals: B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner Itinerary subject to change due to local scheduling.

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